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  1. I can see it in years to come people saying “yeah I remember ebay, I wonder what ever happend to it” lol… followed by the books “ebay’s big mistake”, I copyright that title btw! lol

    1. Totally agree with that lol
      eBay one of the few survivors of the dot com bubble, only to be killed off by its own stupidity and greed.

      Sometimes we talk about over sites for online shopping that fell apart which were all far superior to eBay. I remember the signup process for QXL they sent me a letter and you had to send ID to get a account (in the beginning anyhow), unlike eBay which is a free for all.

      What ever happened to Yahoo auctions also?

  2. Didn’t ebay buy yahoo auctions and then shut it down ?

    I think google was doing a auction site, but think it just turned into google shopping which is just yet another hack list of stuff for sale on ebay. Seems to be a lot of those sites about. Though I have listed items on google shopping before, could have lots of sales on ebay, and even sales direct from my webstores, but traffic via google shopping is next to zero.

    Ebay is like dealing with a lot of car scrap yard people, they are the only guys who have what you want, so you have to deal with them. Though 90% of them put the fone down on you even before you finish explaing what you want. Though if they advertise what you want and they are the only people who seem to have it, then you simply have to deal with them. Similar with ebay, does not matter how bad they get, there are mainstream so everyone deals with them.

    Had a lot of similar stories with other companies. Remember “jungle computers”, can’t remember what happened to them. I rang them up once asking for a model number of a floppy drive, 45mins later, the guy was just getting pissed off as I kept asking the same question over and over. He just kept saying “that’s the manufactures part number sir, its not reinvent to anything”, so I saying yes it is, I need a particular model number and need to know what the manufactures part number is. seesh! in 45mins he could have gone had opened a bag to go look at one. But at the time I had already fallen out with all the other main PC companies, so was trying them out!

    Seen many bad companies operate over the years, treat everyone like skum, not got the first idea on how to run a company. Though they just happen to hit on a item which sells, which nobody else does, but its something people want lots of. So you are forced to deal with them. Like call such a company and they answer the phone simply saying “what” lol But just goes to prove company’s can operate for a long time regardless of how bad they get, simply due to them being the only company doing what they do and are the well known ones.

    Problem with ebay again, is they got the whole world as customers, so they do not really care if people leave as they is someone always signing up. No doubt they sign up faster than people leave! Reminds me of some other companies where they treat the staff like total skum, they don’t care, so many people out of work, always a fresh line of people willing to do the job. Same with ebay.

    There really should be a law about it all really. Its no way to trade or deal with customers or staff. ebay are trying to expand, hopefully it will cost them a lot and it will fail. Though the sellers will just end up getting lumped with higher costs as normal to combat all the hype that ebay cause.

  3. Ah, Jungle Computers now I remember them well and there phone calls lol

    eBay do have a real nasty habit of buying up other auction sites and just running them into the ground and closing them.

    “No doubt they sign up faster than people leave! Reminds me of some other companies where they treat the staff like total skum, they don’t care, so many people out of work, always a fresh line of people willing to do the job. Same with ebay.”

    SO true its crazy!

    I would love to see the figures on sign up vs account closing, I figure we would see loads of sellers going but loads of accounts only for buying appearing. As the big stores take over.

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